Bunker leak following boxship collision off Johor

The Singapore-registered, 1,662 teu container vessel Wan Hai 301 and a Gibraltar-registered, 4,250 teu container vessel APL Denver collided near midnight last night off Pasir Gudang Port in Johor, Malaysia.

The master of the APL Denver reported that one of the ship’s bunker tanks sustained damage resulting in approximately 300 tonnes of oil spillage. The Johor Port Authority has deployed four anti-pollution craft on site and an oil boom around the APL ship to contain the oil spill.

In Singapore, some oil patches were spotted and the spillage has been contained off the western side of Pulau Ubin. The local port authority has activated a total of eight anti-pollution craft with dispersant spraying capabilities to clean up the spilled oil.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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